"On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in New York in front of George Washington and his troops. In reaction to what had been read, soldiers and citizens went to Bowling Green, a park in Manhattan, where a lead statue of King George III on horseback stood. The mob of people pulled down the statue, and later the lead was melted down to make musket balls, or bullets for use in the war for independence. Careful records were kept, and it is known that 42, 088 bullets were made..."
Teach U.S. History: Pulling Down the Statue of George III
(Is this the Bowling Green Massacre Kellyanne Conway was talking about?)
The riots in Charlottesville over the proposed removal of pro-Confederate statues calls to mind the grand American tradition of removing deplorable statues, such as this removal of a statue of England's King George by patriotic Americans.
We also are reminded of the removal of Soviet-era monuments in Eastern Europe, the toppling of Saddam's statue in Iraq, and so on. Here's an idea: In Hungary they made a special park for the old statues which celebrated pro-Soviet Communist rule. Or there's the path the people in Bowling Green took - making bullets and musket balls out of it to fight the British.
The Confederates were deplorable traitors, defenders of racism and slavery, and any memorials to them should be removed immediately.
And that damned Confederate flag too... It's high time it was relegated to the trash heap of history once and for all!
And while we're at it, might as well throw that Nazi flag on the fire as well...